As a graduate student, you probably enjoy doing research. Engage your research skills in finding out more about industries and occupations you’re curious about. There are lots of resources online and offline to give you a better idea of what’s out there.
A very good place to start is the Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS) website. Most of the information here is targeted to undergraduates, but as someone who may not know very much about careers outside of academia, you can learn a lot from the guides and handouts on this site.
LACS's Beyond the Tower Gateway gives UT students free access to many databases where you can research industries, careers, geographic locations, and more. You’ll need to sign up for a BTT Gateway account, but this is free and available to you as a graduate student.
LACS resources include:
- Access UT: lists current job opportunities, mostly in Austin or other cities in Texas. There can be upwards of 1,000 jobs posted here.
- Subscription databases: access this and other career research databases by logging in to your BTT Gateway account, then navigating to External Links.
- Vault Career Guides and Career Insider: Vault provides some of the most in-depth information and analysis of industries, companies, and occupations, including free book-length PDFs. Their information tends to be most robust about corporate, finance, and management types of jobs. Salary amounts are also a top priority in their guides.
- Career Shift: another source for national job postings and research on companies. You can also look up a company’s employees and find their contact information, some biographical information, and links to any articles or new stories they’ve published.
- Business Journals and Book of Lists: lists industries in different locations. See what’s going on in different cities, who’s winning contracts, etc.
- Optimal Resume: see sample resumes and cover letters categorized according to industry and experience level (e.g. mid-career professional in education and training). Includes resume, letter, and website building tools.
- How to Research Employers: get tips for how to research employers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Many local, state, and national organizations recruit on campus through LACS, so sign up for email or Twitter alerts to be notified about job fairs and other recruiting events.
Other online resources
Occupational Outlook Handbook: a website sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics providing a wealth of up-to-date information about hundreds of occupations, earning potential, and the projected outlook of that occupation’s growth
O*NET OnLine - a U.S. Department of Labor site where you can research careers, identify your skills, and more
WetFeet: general site for researching careers, employers, and job search tips. Free alternative to sites like Vault’s Career Insider and Career Shift
Indeed.com: general site for researching careers, employers, and job search tips. Free alternative to sites like Vault’s Career Insider and Career Shift
Glass Door: research salaries
Idealist.org: nonprofit careers
U.S. Government Jobs
Chronicle of Higher Education: can search for administrative and non-academic jobs (check out Vitae, the online career hub for faculty and administration job postings)
Online Recruiters Directory: find recruiting firms that handle the type of work and geographic areas you’re interested in
Check out the LACS library in FAC 18, the library in the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling in Jester, and PCL for books about the job search or specific careers. Some books are available as ebooks through PCL. Especially recommended are:
The What to Do with Your _____ Degree series published by Princeton Review
The Career Opportunities in _____ series published by Checkmark Books
The Idiot’s Guide series and ____ For Dummies series (yes, really!)
Now that you've learned where you can go to find out more about non-academic careers, read on for tips about how to write your job materials.